Mark had spent most of his time at his job, grinding from morning to night. However, he was named as one of the suspects when some money went missing from the company. A month later, he was unemployed and trying to figure out what he would do for a living. He asked some of his friends to come together and start a business but all of them refused except one. Here’s where the story begins A Wrongful Termination From Employment Led Him To Start A Successful Business Part 1
It was around 11 am in the morning and the house was empty. His wife had taken the kids to school and gone to work. Mark went through the day’s to-do list as he enjoyed the breakfast that his wife had prepared. He had only one job for the day yet his heart couldn’t stop racing.
“Is everything okay?”
“Everything is okay, Mark. You were here yesterday.” Kevin responded.
The duo was about to launch the business they had been working on for 4 months in less than 5 hours. Kevin was in charge of coordinating the event while Mark made sure that people showed up. More than 100 people had confirmed their attendance including the area’s MCA. A promise of free nyama choma (roast meat) was guaranteed to attract more people.
Still, Mark couldn’t keep calm. He watched as the hours passed by and the launch time neared. At around 3 pm, he started preparing to head to the venue. He wore a navy blue suit that his white had picked out for him. However, after inspecting himself in the mirror l, he decided to change into a pair of jeans and a white T-shirt.
“I’m on my way.” He said to Kevin over the phone.
“Okay. I’m already there. Everything looks so good.” He replied excitedly.
When Mark got to the venue, he couldn’t believe his eyes. The decoration looked better than he expected. He walked past the red ribbon tied to the entrance and went in to look around at their hard work. He had seen it every day since they started working on the place but it still looked new to him. Kevin joined him as he admired the eatery.
“Are you ready?” He asked Mark.
“We should go and start preparing to receive the guests.”
Their wives joined them shortly after to help them make the final touches and make sure everything went well. People started coming right on time and within 30 minutes, the parking was filled. Once the MCA arrived, Mark and Kevi made a short speech then officially cut the ribbon and opened the doors to their new business.
As he looked at everyone laughing heartily and enjoying the meat, he finally breathed a sigh of relief and joined in the enjoyment. The day went flawlessly just as they had hoped which motivated them to put all their efforts into the business.
“This is one job I will never get tired of,” Mark said to Kevin as they closed up the business.
“We really did it,” Mark said with a huge smile on his face.
Though they had a successful launch, the real test was ahead of them. Would they be able to make a profit and keep the business afloat?
The grill spot was the new talk of the town. It attracted people of all ages who gathered at the cosy place to wind down after a long day. In the first month, the business made double the expected profits and it was all thanks to their good reputation.
They not only served high-quality food but also the service was exceptional. Mark and Kevin went out of their way to ensure all their guests were well taken care of.
Slowly, they expanded the space to accommodate more people and provide more entertainment. They added a gaming space which attracted the younger generation and soon, the grill spit was known as the hottest place to be.
“Can you believe barely a year ago, we were out of a job and weren’t sure how we would survive?” Mark said to Kevin as they lounged in their luxurious office.
“I know. Life really has a funny way of guiding you to your destination. If we didn’t lose that job we wouldn’t have started this business.”
“For sure. I wonder what happened to that company.”
“I heard it declared bankruptcy. The top executives were the ones who were stealing the money and the company only realized when it was too late.”
“Anyway, that’s not our problem anymore. We have our own business to worry about.” Mark said.
“What do you think about expanding the business?” Kevin asked. He was always the one looking for new opportunities.
“We just added the gaming section.” Mark protested.
“I mean doing something completely new. Why don’t we start a tours and travel club?”
It was an absurd idea and completely out of their comfort zone but Mark liked it. Their biggest risks had paid off in the past.
“I’ll consider it.” He said.
The following day, Mark came to their business with a change of heart.
“Let’s do it!” He shouted in excitement and they got to work immediately.
“We really have the best job,” Mark said as they worked on the business plan.
After a few months, the two friends launched the new business and it was an instant hit just like the previous one. Their loyal customers supported them for years and made their business highly successful.
They were known not only in their area but also all over the country as the best tour company. Despite their success, the duo were very honest about their humble beginnings which made their success story even more special.
They became an inspiration not only to the young people who knew about them but also to their friends who had refused to start a business with them and instead went back to employment. While the duo basked in millions, their friends had to go to a job that they hated.
“I hate to say I told you so but I told you so.” Mark joked as the group of friends enjoyed their drinks at the famous grill spot.
“We should have listened to you.”
“It’s never too late. You can start something just like we did.” Mark said as he reached for another piece of delicious nyama choma.
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